Welcome to the Indiana Trail 100
We are very pleased to announce that the only 100 mile trail race in the state of Indiana will be held at Chain O' Lakes State Park in Albion, Indiana on April 25-26, 2015.
Please note that there will also be a 50 mile race option on the same course with the 100 mile race. There will be a 30 hour time limit for the 100 milers and a 15 hour time limit for the 50 milers.
The Indiana Trail 100 is a non-profit event managed by ultra-runners with the net proceeds going back to the park. We are convinced that once you run on our scenic course you will keep coming back. We will help you achieve your goal, whether it's your first 50 or 100 miler or setting your personal record time.
The Indiana Trail 100 is pleased to announce that the 2015 race will be a qualifier for the 2016 Western States Endurance Run.
These are the men's and women's jackets for next year's Indiana Trail 100. Please note that the poppy color jacket is the predominant jacket color that Salomon is providing. You will not be given a color choice when you register. The fairest way to do this for the women will be first come first serve as you sign up. The men's jacket will be black.
1) 2015 Race Dates – The 2015 Indiana Trail 100 is only four months away. For those new to the Indiana Trail 100, we feature a 100 mile and 50 mile run and it’s held in Chain O’Lakes State Park in Albion, IN on 4/25-4/26.
2) 2015 Race Registration – Registration for the 2015 Indiana Trail 100 is in progress. Please enter online through the Indiana Trail 100 website, under Entry/Registration (see attached link).
Please note that we have several entries still available at this time. However, it will start to fill up fast over the next few months, so if you want to run in the 2015 Indiana Trail 100, it is your responsibility to register before it completely fills up.
3) Cap – The combined limit for the 2015 Indiana Trail 100 will be 360 runners. It is at the race committee’s discretion to determine the limits for 100 mile and 50 mile entries, respectively. We will provide advanced notice if we decide to close down one of the fields due to the maximum limit.
Please note that you can view the entry list at any time by going to the Indiana Trail 100 website, clicking Entry/Registration/magnifying glass icons for the 100 mile and 50 mile races, respectively.
As of 12/16, we have 113 entries in the 100 mile run and 50 entries in the 50 mile run. Please note that we’ve received 43 entries in December and the month is only half over.
4) Waiting List – When the 2015 Indiana Trail 100 reaches its combined limit of 360 runners we will implement a waiting list. The runners will be placed on the waiting list in the order they sign up; the first on the waiting list will be the first to take the place of someone that drops out. Due to the implementation of the waiting list there will be no refunds and no transfers.
5) Western States/Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc Qualifying Races – Please note that the Indiana Trail 100 is a Western States and Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc qualifying race.
We congratulate all of the runners that were selected for the 2015 Western States 100 due to qualifying through the 2014 Indiana Trail 100.
6) Midwest Super Slam – Please note that the 2015 Indiana Trail 100 is part of the 2015 Midwest Super Slam.
7) Training Runs – Every Thursday night starting at 6:30 pm at Dock Lake and every Saturday morning starting at 9:00 am at Sand Lake. Please note that the Thursday night runs are only 90 minutes long, while the Saturday morning runs will be a minimum of one loop (16.67 miles).
Please note that there will be no training run on Saturday, 12/20, as the course is being used for another event. Additionally, there will be no training run on Thursday, 12/25. We’ll resume the training runs on Saturday, 12/27.
8) Indiana Trail 100 Interviews – We continue to provide interviews of some of our 50 and 100 mile runners for next year’s Indiana Trail 100.
The purpose for these interviews is twofold:
a. To help bring awareness of many of the runners participating, so you have a sense of whom you’re sharing the trail experience with. The more you’re aware of the participants around you, the more likely you’ll strike up a conversation with them and hopefully assist each other.
b. Additionally, many of these interviewees have years of trail running and/or ultra running experience. These interviews serve as an opportunity to learn tips from veterans that you might find helpful. No matter how good of a runner you are, there’s always an opportunity to learn and improve.
9) Jackets – Check out our website and Facebook site to view the jackets that the 2015 Indiana Trail 100 participants will receive. Please note that this includes all runners.
10) Hotel/Camping Options – Below are links to where many of our runners have stayed and will stay for the weekend of the Indiana Trail 100:
Holiday Inn Express of Kendallville!
Brick Ark Inn
Chain O' Lakes State Park
Please note that there will be tent camping available right next to the start/finish line, while electric campsites in COL for RV’s will be plentiful. Some runners rent RV’s or become friends with someone that owns one, as the campground is about ¼ mile from the start/finish line and also has access to showers.
Here is some background and information on the artist:
Buckle and medal design by Catherine Nagy Mowry of the Miami Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
Catherine's art reflects the strength and guidance of native women in the Miami Indian tribe. Catherine has captured in her design the traditional Native American runner providing a vital communication link between villages. These runners were the fabric that held their society together and as such were very esteemed and revered. The strength, endurance, and dependability of these runners captures the essence of the journey our modern day couriers (runners) will undertake.
Through our research, we've discovered that running was not just a chore or responsibility for the Miami Indians. They enjoyed it and looked forward to it. We felt that this was an important quality, as it goes with the ultra runner's motto of "we don't have to, we get to." Collectively, it was important to us to honor the first inhabitants of Chain O'Lakes and their spirit with these buckles and medals and we hope you feel the same way.
Buckle and medal fabrication by Indiana Metal Craft, Bloomington, Indiana.
The Indiana Trail 100 is proud to be a part of the 2015 Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. The Indiana Trail 100 will serve as the springboard event for the other four races in the Slam: The Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Mohican Trail 100 Mile Run, the Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run, and the Hallucination 100 Mile Run. Anyone that completes all five events will be designated a Super Slammer. Please visit the Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning website for further details on how you can become a part of the Midwest Super Slammers .
The course is a 16.67 mile mixture of wide and narrow trails - from rolling hills, dirt, and off camber grass sections. There will be relatively little road running on the course. The terrain and woods provides protection from the wind. Most of the trails surround many of the lakes.
Our course is different from other ultras previously run at Chain O'Lakes.
We'll have unofficial training runs almost every weekend leading up to the Indiana Trail 100. We welcome any individuals or groups that would like to join us for these runs to familiarize yourself with the course. Please check the Indiana Trail 100 Facebook site for future training run information.
We're in search of volunteers to assist with trail maintenance. This includes accepting assistance of any ultra runners that need to fulfill volunteer obligations as part of an ultra event in 2014-2015.If you have an interest in this or volunteering for other race-related events, please contact Jerry Diehl at email@example.com for more details. We thank you for making this event a great success.
Please keep checking our website and Facebook site for more details about training runs and any other items about the race that will interest you.